Digitalise your plantation operations

At the geo-precision agriculture virtual event, Malaysia’s palm oil industry leaders explored technology trends driving innovation and digital transformation in plantations.

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26 August 2021 | 3:00pm - 4:10pm | Online

  • 3:00pm | Welcome Address

    Speaker: Cindy Loo, International Business Development Manager, FBI Publications

  • 3:05pm | Location Intelligence In Precision Agriculture

    Speaker: Dr. Ahmad Parveez Bin Ghulam Kadir, Director General, Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB)


    In 2020, Malaysia accounted for approximately 25.8% of world palm oil production and approximately 34.3% of world exports. As the world’s second largest producer and exporter of palm oil and palm oil products, Malaysia plays an important role in fulfilling the growing global needs for oils and fats.

    The oil palm sector is being challenged for greater yield at a time where fertile land is increasingly limited and there are labour dependency challenges in most oil palm operations. The introduction of appropriate and suitable machinery can bring a solution to the labour issue faced in Malaysia. Traditional farming, which is based solely on regional stipulations and historical records when making selections associated with planting, harvesting, irrigating and applying pesticides and fertiliser, is no longer a comprehensive approach. In the case of palm oil production, the use of geospatial information and emerging technology is still relatively new in Malaysia. Compared to smallholders, big plantations are progressively exploiting precision agriculture (PA) to increase yields, decrease waste and minimize the environmental impacts. Hence, growers are adapting precision agriculture, via the utility of geospatial technology know-how through a combination of geolocation, remote sensing, Geographic Information System (GIS), sensors, mapping equipment, data analytic, web mapping, mobile applications for land preparation, slope mapping for terrace design, pest outbreaks, disease monitoring and many others.

  • 3.25pm | Geo-Precision Agriculture: Driving Digital Oil Palm Operations in Malaysia

    Speaker: Luk Ing Ping, Senior Solutions Consultant, Esri Malaysia


    The Malaysian palm oil industry is committed to move towards achieving the national agenda to provide certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) to the world. In this regard, an increasing number of companies are using geo-precision technology to improve transparency and traceability monitoring in palm oil operations. By using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology, users can collect data from various sources such as drones and sensors from the field to improve farm profitability and ensure alignment of operations with sustainable best management practises. In addition, having the capability to analyse trends in harvests and predict risks and vulnerabilities helps bring companies closer to their goal of achieving sustainable oil palm development.

  • 3.45pm | Empowering IoT in Oil Palm Industry through GIS

    Speaker: Mohammad Zafrullah Salim, Scientist, Sime Darby Plantation Research Sdn Bhd


    The Oil Palm industry in Malaysia is currently seeing a digital transformation brought about by the revolution of Agriculture 4.0. One of the digital transformation elements that was considered essential in managing oil palm plantations is the automated weather monitoring using IoT and Geographic Information System (GIS) technology. With precise and real-time monitoring, the industry is now able to consume the data with the power of big data analytics towards a more informed decision-making process that helps to optimise production sustainably.

  • 4.10pm | Closing remark

    Speaker: Cindy Loo, International Business Development Manager, FBI Publications

Meet the speakers

Dr. Ahmad Parveez profile
Dr. Ahmad Parveez Bin Ghulam Kadir
Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB), Malaysia
Over 30 years' experience in Plant Molecular Biology, Genetic Engineering and Biosafety.
Mohammad Zafrullah Salim profile image
Mohammad Zafrullah Salim
Scientist, R&D-Precision Agriculture Unit
Sime Darby Plantation Research Sdn Bhd
Mohammad Zafrullah Salim is a scientist whose achievements include the development of various forward-thinking approaches in precision agriculture.
Luk Ing Ping Senior Industry Consultant, Esri Malaysia
Luk Ing Ping
Senior Consultant, Industry
Esri Malaysia
With 15+ years' experience in precision agriculture and environmental management, Luk Ing Ping has led GIS projects in government and commercial sectors.
Melissa Wong profile
Melissa Wong
Enterprise Account Manager
Esri Malaysia, Malaysia
Strategic adviser for Malaysia's leading plantation and telecommunication companies.

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